Group 2 Rugby League season to kick off in April

South Grafton Rebels begin their premiership defence in Coffs Harbour.

THE latest Tooheys New Group 2 Rugby League season is set to kick off in April, but without one of last year’s powerhouse clubs.

Last season’s minor premiers and runners up Orara Valley Axemen have chosen not to enter a first grade team this season.

Eight teams will contest the latest Tooheys New Group 2 Rugby League first grade season after the release of the draw for the 2023 season.

This year’s season kicks off on Sunday, 23 April, with opening round matches in Coffs Harbour, Bellingen, Grafton, and Nambucca Heads.

South Grafton Rebels begin their premiership defence in Coffs Harbour when they take on the Coffs Harbour Comets at Geoff King Motors Oval.

Bellingen Valley/Dorrigo Magpies return to Group 2 competition after a year off, with their comeback game in front of home fans when they play host to the Macksville Sea Eagles.

Nambucca Heads Roosters kick off their season at home against the Woolgoolga Seahorses, while Sawtell Panthers travel to take on the Grafton Ghosts in the opening round.

The 2023 Group 2 season will feature 14 rounds with the finals series getting underway on Saturday, 19 August.

The grand final is scheduled for Sunday, 10 September, with Group 2 grand finals to be held at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium for the first time in the competition’s history.

Two bye rounds will be held on 14 May, and 16 July, which will provide options to play washout games.

No games are scheduled for the Royal Birthday Long Weekend on Sunday, 11 June.


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